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  • Ten Deadly Sins

    A study found that the following "ten deadly sins" were behind the majority of reasons that hundreds of lawmen died year after year. Such errors have claimed many the life of an armed professional, many have said needlessly. Such errors as the top ten below are a sure fire ticket to an early and violent end.

    As a National Assocation of Chiefs of Police flyer notes, "Will you make one of these errors today or have you done so already?"

    Redistributable Flyer: http://www.aphf.org/10dead.pdf
    NJ Lawman HTML Version: http://www.njlawman.com/Ten%20Deadly%20Sins.htm

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    1. LACK OF CONCENTRATION: If you fail to keep your mind on the job while on patrol or carry home problems into the field, you start to make errors. It can cost you and your fellow officers their lives.

    2. TOMBSTONE COURAGE: Just what it says, if time allows wait for backup. There are very few instances where you should try and make a dangerous apprehension unaided.

    3. NOT ENOUGH REST: to do your job you must be alert. Lack of sleep or being sleepy can endanger yourself, the community and fellow officers.

    4. TAKING A BAD POSITION: Never let anyone you are questioning or about to stop get in a better position than you are. THERE IS NO SUCH ANIMAL AS A ROUTINE STOP!!!

    5. NOT HEEDING DANGER SIGNS: As a cop you will get to recognize "danger signs". Movements, strange cars, warnings that should alert you to watch your step and approach with caution. Know your beat and watch for what is out of place.

    6. FAILURE TO WATCH THE HANDS OF A SUSPECT: Is he or she reaching for a weapon or getting to smack you? WHERE ELSE CAN A KILLER STRIKE FROM, BUT FROM THEIR HANDS!!!!

    7. RELAXING TOO SOON: YES, the rut of false alarms are accidental or whatever. Still, observe the activity. NEVER take any call as routine or just another false alarm. It could be your ass on the line.

    8. IMPROPER HANDCUFFING: Once you have made the arrest, handcuff the prisoner CORRECTLY! See that the hands that can kill you are safely secured.

    9. NO SEARCH OR POOR SEARCH: There are too many places to hide a weapon that if you fail to search you are guilty of committing a crime against other officers that will have contact with your prisoner. Many people carry weapons and are able and ready to use them on you. Never assume that the next guy or the jailer will do a "GOOD" search.

    10. DIRTY OF INOPERATIVE WEAPON: Is your sidearm clean? How about the bullets? Did you clean your weapon since the last range? Or have you even shot or practiced drawing your weapon recently? Can you hit your target in a combat situation? You must practice faithfully and religiously.

    * Remember to practice safe gun handling at all times when cleaning or drawing for practice. Also, remember the 1 + 1 rule, if you find one weapon during a search, there is another, or if there is one suspect, there is another. NEVER STOP WHAT IFING!
    Some Kind of Commando Leader

    "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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    Thanks N.A. The military, USAF in particular, push these things and the adoption of "Ten Deadly Sins" or the "Ten Commandments of Security and Law Enforcement by the civilian sector will be a significant to not only civilian law enforcement but also to private security. Our mutual functions are to see the citizenry protected by public enforcement and private security all are able to go home at night.
    Enjoy the day,
    Bill

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    • #3
      Deadly Sins (or mistakes)

      May I add one more? Accidents. What I mean is this: For LE and sometimes security, many fatalities occur as a result of accidental death. Go to ODMP and read about the MANY officers who are killed, not with guns or knives, but with moving vehicles. It's getting to the point where the loss of life from such incidents rivals that from violent attacks. Absolutely senseless and sometimes, inexcusable fatal accidents.

      What about security? How many officers are killed or seriously injured from accidents while on duty? More than you might realize. Slip and fall, smoke or other toxic inhalation, burns, being crushed, heart attack from over-exertion, etc. So while we spend considerable time talking about officer safety as it relates to violence, let's not forget about the other big killer - accidents.
      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mr. Security
        May I add one more? Accidents. What I mean is this: For LE and sometimes security, many fatalities occur as a result of accidental death. Go to ODMP and read about the MANY officers who are killed, not with guns or knives, but with moving vehicles. It's getting to the point where the loss of life from such incidents rivals that from violent attacks. Absolutely senseless and sometimes, inexcusable fatal accidents.

        What about security? How many officers are killed or seriously injured from accidents while on duty? More than you might realize. Slip and fall, smoke or other toxic inhalation, burns, being crushed, heart attack from over-exertion, etc. So while we spend considerable time talking about officer safety as it relates to violence, let's not forget about the other big killer - accidents.
        Your agency's insurance carrier has much to say about accidental death and employee safety. They barely acknoledge "officer safety," but they rigorously stress employee safety. Operation of fire extinguishers. Lifting with your knees, not your back. (Why are you lifting things instead of protecting the property, is beyond me...) HAZMAT identification. (OSHA HAZCOM)
        Some Kind of Commando Leader

        "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mr. Security
          May I add one more? Accidents. What I mean is this: For LE and sometimes security, many fatalities occur as a result of accidental death. Go to ODMP and read about the MANY officers who are killed, not with guns or knives, but with moving vehicles. It's getting to the point where the loss of life from such incidents rivals that from violent attacks. Absolutely senseless and sometimes, inexcusable fatal accidents.

          What about security? How many officers are killed or seriously injured from accidents while on duty? More than you might realize. Slip and fall, smoke or other toxic inhalation, burns, being crushed, heart attack from over-exertion, etc. So while we spend considerable time talking about officer safety as it relates to violence, let's not forget about the other big killer - accidents.
          It may sound trite, but aren't most accidents in the LE and SO professions a lapse of concentration, we forget for a moment our training and reaction? Our margin for error is so thin when we hold it up the light we can see through it.
          Enjoy the day,
          Bill

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bill Warnock
            It may sound trite, but aren't most accidents in the LE and SO professions a lapse of concentration, we forget for a moment our training and reaction? Our margin for error is so thin when we hold it up the light we can see through it.
            Enjoy the day,
            Bill
            A lack of concentration certainly is a factor in some accidents. Other accidents are a result of poor judgment or the inability to recognize hazards due to being "safety challenged." Sometimes it the mistaken belief that "it won't happen to me" or even simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
            Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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            • #7
              Im really bad about breaking number 2 tombstone courage.
              If someones getting hurt or about to get hurt Im not gonna stand by and wait for backup they can be dead when my back up arrives.
              "Get yourself a shovel cause your in deep Sh*t"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bigdog
                Im really bad about breaking number 2 tombstone courage.
                If someones getting hurt or about to get hurt Im not gonna stand by and wait for backup they can be dead when my back up arrives.
                You will be dead also by the time your back-up arrives if you try to intervene alone. The innocent civilian and you are dead, and the suspect escapes. What have you accomplished?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by histfan71
                  You will be dead also by the time your back-up arrives if you try to intervene alone. The innocent civilian and you are dead, and the suspect escapes. What have you accomplished?
                  My friends, let us not forget this one essential truth, we as an individual officer, public or private, have isolated and neutralized the scene. Then we wait for backup. When the person or persons are notified that any movement that threatens you will be delt with, the fight for the most part is over.
                  If the subject or subjects takes off, description communicated, the response force are alerted and may apprehend the fleeing.
                  Enjoy the day,
                  Bill

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                  • #10
                    You should try to have back up. But i know of times when they had no time. ANd i think thats when your training has to kick in and you have to make that quick decision. But if you can cleary see and know you cant really do anything then you should wait.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by S/O245
                      You should try to have back up. But i know of times when they had no time. ANd i think thats when your training has to kick in and you have to make that quick decision. But if you can cleary see and know you cant really do anything then you should wait.
                      Always keep in mind that the individual security officer working a post will not have access to back up. The local police are not your back up. The moment you call them, you have given them complete control of the situation and are only required to be present if they need you. If the situation is not criminal in nature, then there is no purpose calling them.
                      Some Kind of Commando Leader

                      "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                        If the situation is not criminal in nature, then there is no purpose calling them.
                        It's surprising how many people don't understand this. Accidents happen in the hotel garage. We provide the guests with the name of the person from the company that manages the garage to contact. Many guest insist on calling the police. We try to tell them they are wasting their (and the police's) time but they still call. The police come, tell them it's a civil matter & leave.
                        I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
                        Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by HotelSecurity
                          It's surprising how many people don't understand this. Accidents happen in the hotel garage. We provide the guests with the name of the person from the company that manages the garage to contact. Many guest insist on calling the police. We try to tell them they are wasting their (and the police's) time but they still call. The police come, tell them it's a civil matter & leave.
                          My auto insurance card specifically states: YOU MUST CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY AFTER AN ACCIDENT, AND HAVE A REPORT FILED.

                          The police department states: I am not your do-boy, Insurance company, bite me.
                          Some Kind of Commando Leader

                          "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                          • #14
                            I believe I speak for everyone here sir, when I say, to Hell with our orders.
                            -Lieutenant Commander Data
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                            • #15
                              I forgot our differences again! We have "no fault" insurance here. And when I said "accident" in the garage I should have said "damage". Say a jockey opens a door & hits the wall. This is not something that requires a police report even in areas where police reports are needed for accidents. Yet guests still insist on calling them sometimes when this happens. The police arrive, tell them it's a civil matter & leave.
                              I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
                              Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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